Louisiana's unique Hurricane Ida Sheltering Program could be a model for states when a bad storm hits, offering non-congregate shelters for people near their unlivable homes before longer-term housing options are available. The shelters differ from traditional ones in that they offer some privacy and reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19, with dorm-style bedrooms, showers, restrooms, laundry services, and a medical tent. Launched Oct. 4, 2021, the program is meant to be a bridge before FEMA offers direct temporary housing—usually RVs or manufactured units—which can take months to arrive. In many parishes, the storm damaged traditional hurricane shelters and local hotels were damaged or full of crews repairing critical infrastructure.

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